Preview - Paris Saint Germain vs Real Madrid March 07 2018

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Champions League Round Of 16 Second Leg
Paris Saint Germain vs. Real Madrid
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Parc des Princes

Paris Saint Germain: 
Last five matches form: L W W W W
CL Average goals per match: 3.7
CL Average goals against per match: 1.0
CL Top Scorer: Neymar & Edinson Cavani (6)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
CL Average goals per match: 2.9
CL Average goals against per match: 1.1
CL Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (11)

First Leg Result: Real Madrid 3 - 1 Paris Saint Germain

PSG were pretty strong favourites to come through this tie with just seven minutes remaining at the Bernabeu. Those two late strikes from Ronaldo and Marcelo have however swung the balance firmly in Real Madrid's favour.

Ordinarily we wouldn't rule out a comeback for the home side, but the absence of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappé appears to have dealt a hammer blow to their chances.

Christiano Ronaldo has had his struggles in La Liga this season compared to his usual blistering standards, but has continued to tear up the opposition in the Champions League. We see Real getting on the scoresheet here, in which case the Parisiennes will need to score three times without two of their most potent attacking weapons.

It looks too tall an order and buoyed by the return of both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, we don't see Zinedine Zidane's men letting this one slip.

An early goal for the home side would make this interesting but this game may well be set up perfectly for the visitors to play on the counter attack. Take Real Madrid to pinch a win and rubber stamp their place in the quarter finals yet again.

Prediction: Paris Saint Germain 1-2 Real Madrid


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  8 - 20
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks:  7 - 8
Possession: 51% - 49%

In need of goals, PSG received a boost ahead of the game. No Neymar of course but Kylian Mbappé was passed fit to start.

Real Madrid went with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema up front, whilst returning midfield duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos had to content themselves with a place on the bench.

The opening quarter of this match was all Real Madrid as they sought the goal which would surely kill this tie. Chances fell to Ronaldo, Benzema and Raphael Varane but PSG held firm.

Angel Di Maria attempted to do it all on his own at times against his former club and looked PSG's biggest threat in the first half, forcing Keylor Navas into a decent stop as half-time approached. Goalless after the first 45 minutes.

A goal from PSG at this stage would still put Real under considerable pressure, but what the home team really couldn't afford to do was concede. Unfortunately for the Parc des Princes faithful, thy did just that.

Failing to heed the warning when Ronaldo headed narrowly wide in the 50th minute, the Portuguese made no mistake when getting onto the end of a Lucas Vásquez cross just one minute later. Game over?

Marco Verratti certainly seemed to think so as his frustrations boiled over in the 66th minute, seeing red after a second yellow card.

Down to ten men and needing three goals, PSG now faced a hopeless task. They did give themselves the merest glimmer of hope in the 71st minute though when Edinson Cavani fired in following a corner.

Then in the 80th minute it really was all over. Ronaldo teeing up Casmeiro in the box to put the final nail in PSG's coffin.

Real go through 5 - 2 on aggregate.

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